- GNAT says government failed to provide PPE to all SHS across the country before school reopened
- President of GNAT, Phillipa Larsen, expressed disappointment in government
- She urged government to test all students and staff at schools that have recorded the coronavirus
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Phillipa Larsen, President of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), says government lied when it said it has supplied all secondary schools with personal protective equipment (PPE) before reopening.
In an interview with 3FM in Accra on Tuesday, 14 July 2020, the GNAT president said some of the senior high schools did not receive the PPE before school reopened.
She opined that some of the schools relied solely on the benevolence of parents supplying face masks for their wards.
She admitted that government only provided Veronica buckets and soap, not the PPE.
The GNAT president stated that the majority of the schools had to manage and cope until government supplied the equipment to their schools.
Larsen said the people in charge lied and continue to lie about the situation in this COVID-19 era.
She advised government to test all students and teachers in the various senior high schools that have recorded cases of the coronavirus.
According to her, it is best if both students and teachers know who is positive and who is negative, adding that this will prevent the spread of the virus.
YEN.com.gh earlier reported that the Deputy Minister of Health, Dr Bernard Okoe Boye, has stated that the government will only heed the calls to close down a school if 15% of its population contracts the COVID-19 virus.
In doing some mathematics, he revealed that if a school has 500 students and 35 of them (amounting to 7%) of the total population catch the virus, it would not be necessary.
Okoe Boye added that they would take into consideration two things when deciding to close down a particular school or stop them from writing exams, as well as dealing with the issue separately.
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